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Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson visited Pour House just a few days after they opened, and he found that they are still working to find their footing.

It's going to be a fun place for people who are serious and sophisticated about how they imbibe.

The food, so far, doesn't quite match up to the drinks in terms of sophistication, but we saw some promise, including something called the "Pacific Northwest BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) featuring a salmon filet. The only shortcoming was the ho-hum bread, which was neither toasted nor interesting enough.

The BBQ tri tip featured excellent meat – and lots of it – but the bread was just OK. The sweet potato fries are superb; the regular fries are boring.

Robertson also gives his first impression of Mama Kim Eats, a new restaurant in Del Paso Heights.

The restaurant has been open for a few months and hours are still a bit limited. For now, it's dinners only Thursday to Saturday, with brunch on Sunday. As the restaurant gets its footing and finds its audience, the hours are expected to expand.

Since we ambled in on "Thirsty Thursday," we took advantage of the deals that night, including $5 glasses of wine and a selection of $5 small plates. We chose the heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella and bacon lardons from Feeding Crane Farms. It was simply excellent – thick slices of tomatoes drizzled with balsamic, cubes of toothsome, tender pork and slabs of the cheese all working so well with the fresh salad greens. And for $5? Amazing. Not quite at that level but pretty darn tasty were the potato/ cheese/chilies chimichangas with salsa and chipotle aioli. This was five bucks, too.

Onward to dinner. The fried chicken mentioned above was tender and juicy, with a nice crisp coating that reminded me of my years in the Deep South, where it's not really food unless it's battered and fried and served with grits. Those side dishes with the chicken were perfect – on this plate, at least.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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